My Toddler’s First Steps – At 22 Months

You may recall me mentioning that Aria still wasn’t walking at twenty months and was undergoing tests for suspected hip problems, possibly hip dysplasia. Fast forward two months and we have had A LOT of progress! First and most important things first, the X-Ray came back clear, Aria does not have hip dysplasia – huge sigh of relief. Secondly the Physio thinks that she has hyper-mobility which is causing confidence and stability issues and therefore slowing her down. Thirdly, and quite amazingly, Aria is now walking, at almost twenty two months she decided to take the plunge and go for it – and now there is no stopping her!

after fears of hip dysplasia and with hypermobility my toddler took her first steps at twenty two months. This blog post explains the diagnosis and shares a video of her first steps.

Our Physiotherapist doesn’t know that Aria is walking yet, we have our second appointment with her after Christmas and I am hoping that we will now be discharged. I did check in the first appointment if we were to cancel if Aria started walking but she said no, she would still like to see her.

At our first Physio appointment our physiotherapist spent time getting to know Aria and examining her, she didn’t start the exercises as we hadn’t yet had the X-Ray results back and so she wanted to wait until we had them to be sure that she wasn’t going to cause her any further damage or aggravate her. She noted that her feet were flexible, not flexible to the extent of severe hyper-mobility but she definitely suspects mild hyper-mobility. Mild enough that she will grow out of it, much like it seems that I have as I mentioned that I have previously been tested for hyper-mobility and didn’t have it, Aria’s physiotherapist explained that I likely did have it and just grew out of it.

We were advised to buy some trainers or boots with ankle support, which we have finally managed to buy, it isn’t an easy task when your toddler has size three and a half feet (well, one 3 & 1/2, one 2 &1/2 to be exact!) and await the X-Ray results. What we didn’t expect was for Aria to take her first steps in the meantime!

Last week, with a bit of encouragement, while we were prepping for our Bluestone holiday Aria decided to take a little walk completely unaided! We were so excited and managed to capture the second and third walk on camera which is just magical. While we were in Bluestone she walked, a lot. People were amazed when we told them that she had only just started walking as she is doing so well. I bought her some new trainers with ankle support yesterday and she is getting even better with her walking, she now runs and jumps too!

I’m amazed and so proud that, at almost twenty two months, we are finally here.

When my baby was sixteen months and still not walking I thought she was just a little ‘slow’ compared to others her age, she is so small she probably will take longer to do things.

When my baby was seventeen months and still not walking I thought she was just waiting until she was more confident and fully able, but mentioned it to the health visitor just in case.

When my baby was eighteen months and still not walking I hadn’t heard back from the health visitor so assumed that if they weren’t worried, I needn’t be. She is a bum shuffler and they always take longer to walk.

When my baby was nineteen months and still not walking I started to think that there may be a problem, we had received a letter from the health visitor stating that she had a check up next month. They were concerned and so was I.

When my baby was twenty months and still not walking the health visitor confirmed what we had worried about, she may have hip problems and they would X-Ray her for suspected Hip Dysplasia and send her to Physiotherapy.

When my baby was twenty one months and still not walking we were worried, wondering how she and us would cope with life in a spica and fearing the worse.

When my baby started walking at twenty two months it was one of the proudest moments of my life.

Aria at 20 Months – Still Not Walking and Possible Hip Problems

Yesterday, at exactly 20 months old, Aria had a check up with the Health Visitor. I called in to clinic about two months ago to let them know that Aria still wasn’t walking, this appointment was as a result of that. We now think that she has hip problems, quite possibly Hip Dysplasia.

My daughter is twenty months old and she still isn't walking, a health visitors appointment confirmed that there may be issues with her hips. We are now waiting for a Physio and a GP appointment to find out more.

Let’s start with a bit of background information, Aria can bear her own weight, she has been pulling herself up onto furniture and other things for quite a while now, she moves around the furniture and has recently started to walk with an aid, or with us holding her hands. We have to hold both hands otherwise she will cry and refuse to walk. This has made us assume that the lack of walking is simply a confidence issue, which it may well be, hip problems can cause confidence issues when it comes to walking as they don’t feel steady.

A lot of people told me not to bother getting her checked, she will walk when she is ready and there is no need to rush her. I completely agree that there is no need to rush her, but would personally prefer to find out about any potential problems sooner rather than later. People said they would refer us to Physio which is just a waste of time. Although I wasn’t concerned I still wanted her checked out, if I was referred to Physio happy days, as far as I am concerned if it helps her development then it isn’t a waste of time.

The health visitor performed various checks at our review and as a result we have had to book an appointment to see the GP and are on the waiting list for Physio. Alarm bells rang as the creases in the backs of her legs aren’t even, one is lower than the other. This, coupled with the fact that her legs go out from the knees could mean that she has hip problems.

The health visitor mentioned that she may need a harness, but first things first we need an x-ray to identify if there are problems.

Since the health visitor left I’ve taken to Google, obviously. I have now convinced myself that she has Hip Dysplasia, I could be completely wrong and I really hope that I am, but a lot of the symptoms match up.

A harness won’t work for Aria as, at twenty months, she is too old. If Aria does have Hip Dysplasia she will likely need a spica and quite possibly, surgery. Right now I’m trying not to think about it all too much, but I’m also trying not to bury my head in the sand.

My head is awash with questions and fears, but also hope.